“Resist or Serve”
Compared to previous seasons, the fifth season of The X-Files is fairly light on the big alien revelations, with the exception of a mythology-rich two-parter in its second half. The whole season centers around Mulder’s lack of faith in the existence of extra-terrestrials, having been led to believe that what he has seen so far has all been part of an elaborate government cover-up. It all builds to an explosive movie outing for Mulder and Scully and along the way we once again go deeper into the history of the X-Files with two episodes that occur before Mulder started working with Scully.
Season 5 – What We Learn
Firstly, and most importantly, we learn Mulder isn’t dead. As the story behind his apparent suicide unfolds we discover that he has been spied on for months, by an agent from the Department of Defense – Scott Ostelhoff. It becomes apparent that the Cigarette Smoking Man was unaware that Mulder was being kept under surveillance. Killing Ostelhoff and taking his ID, Mulder infiltrates a Department of the Defense research facility. He bumps into the DoD agent Michael Kritschgau, the man who informed him that all he believed about aliens was false at the end of the last season. Mulder’s discoveries in the DoD facility go some way to supporting Kritschgau’s claims leaving Mulder even more disillusioned about the existence of extra-terrestrials.
However, Mulder does discover a cure for Scully’s cancer in the DoD, in the same room where CSM was seen storing evidence in the first episode of The X-Files. The cure is actually the same chip that Scully had removed from her neck, confirming that its removal was the thing that caused her cancer (it’s worth noting that the other abductees we saw in Season 3’s ‘Nisei’, also had their chips removed but never worked out the connection between that and the cancer they would inevitably suffer from). CSM is the one who eventually convinces Mulder that the chip is the cure though he pays for his attempts to help the agent, with his life, or at least that’s how it appears for half of the season.
While Mulder is left in doubt about the existence of aliens we do discover that Scully’s ova (which we learned were extracted from her in Season 4’s ‘Memento Mori’) were used to create a child. The result is the three-year old Emily who bears a striking resemblance to Scully’s sister Melissa. It turns out Emily is an alien/human hybrid and, despite attempts to help her survive following the death of her parents, she dies. At some point before the funeral the body is removed, leaving no evidence of what had happened. It’s revealed that Scully didn’t give birth to Emily but an old woman who was being experimented on (along with several others), named Anna Fugazzi, did.
The revelations come thick and fast in the two-part episode ‘Patient X’ and ‘The Red and the Black’. It marks the start of a new thread of the Alien mythology, the conflict between the alien factions. On the one side there’s the Colonists, on the other the alien rebels (who appear at this point to be of the same species as the Alien Bounty Hunter) and in between them is the Syndicate. The rebels’ aim in the episodes appears to be to destroy all those who have been abducted for the purposes of creating alien/human hybrids. For a reason which isn’t clear at this point, the alien/human hybrid has to be perfected before colonization begins and a species immune to the black oil created. The rebels are trying to destroy the key part of this plan.
However Krycek reveals that a successful vaccine has been developed by the Russians, which ends up in the hands of the Syndicate through some double dealing, a fact that means resistance against the Colonists is possible. Although no definite plans are made there is talk of the Syndicate siding with the rebels.
The episodes see several mass murders of abductees by the faceless aliens and it becomes clear that the alien implants can be used to call abductees to a meeting point or “lighthouse”, such as Skyland Mountain.